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Post  OldGuy on Sun Jun 28, 2009 1:50 pm

I got to spend some quality time today with an XD9 . . . in 9mm. Rolling Eyes

And I have to say that I am smitten. cyclops

Offhand at 25 yards, 30 rounds all in the 9 ring or better (hitting consistently between one and two o'clock) and at 25 yards arms supported, hitting a 100yd sight-in target (at 25 yards) in the bullseye was not much of a problem at all. In other words superb accuracy for a defensive weapon.

If all 9mm's shot that well I'd probably have to rethink the value of a 9mm as a defensive round. Laughing

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Post  HK91guitarfingers on Sun Jun 28, 2009 3:53 pm

The Tooth that Saved a Soldier's Life-Truth!

Hit in the face by a 9mm!

http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/t/toothmiracle.htm

The army goes rolling along ... miracles in Iraq: "why you should always brush your teeth".


During my year-long deployment as an Army dentist in Kuwait and Iraq, I witnessed a very different "conflict" than what is currently portrayed by the news media. I saw many wonderful and miraculous things as the people of Iraq worked with our servicemen and--women to rebuild their country. We went into the villages to provide dental exams and treatment. We would care for the Iraqi children first, then their grateful parents.


The most miraculous event I witnessed showed how a tooth saved a sergeant's life!

Christmas Eve morning a soldier came into our clinic at the Ibn Sina Hospital in downtown Baghdad covered in his own blood. He recounted an incredible story.

Early Christmas Eve morning, two squads were assigned to sweep and clear two adjacent homes where Iraqi terrorists were holed up. The patient, SGT C, was leading one of those assault squads. The other squad hit their target first.

SGT C said that he heard a lot of small arms fire and yelling, so he thought he would round the corner and size up the situation before advancing his team. Unfortunately, as he turned the corner, he found himself staring directly into the barrel of a 9mm automatic pistol.

SGT C said he never had time to be scared, he just knew he was dead. The terrorist pulled the trigger and, miraculously, SGT C found himself still standing. He thought the bullet had missed and advanced on the Iraqi, who immediately surrendered.

After the enemy was rounded up, SGT C said he started to feel light-headed and one of his soldiers insisted that he proceed to the hospital. He realized at this time that he had lost his front tooth in the gun fight. He figured the ballistic shock from the weapon's blast had knocked it loose. He was wrong.

When he presented early that morning Major Kimberly Perkins, our oral surgeon Oral surgeon
A dentist who specializes in surgical procedures of the mouth, including extractions.

Mentioned in: Tooth Extraction , took a panograph and discovered the incredible truth.

The 9mm bullet did NOT miss SGT C. He was hit directly in the face. The bullet entered just below his nose where it impacted the apex of #8. The energy from the bullet was transferred to the tooth, literally ejecting the tooth from its socket, and stopping the bullet in its track. Other than the missing tooth, the majority of SGT C's injuries were confined to soft tissue.

SGT C is a citizen soldier--a reservist, A member of a military reserve.
When he returns to the states, the Army will see he has an implant replacement for the missing #8.

Meanwhile, the prosthodontist, lieutenant colonel Richard Druckman, made him an acrylic interim treatment partial. When SGT C came in for the prosthesis , I said, "Can you imagine what the enemy thought when he shot you point blank in the face, and you just kept coming at him! Americans are invincible. No wonder he surrendered so fast!"

SGT C smiled and said, "This is why you should always brush your teeth!"



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Post  OldGuy on Sun Jun 28, 2009 5:06 pm

I would have expected him to say "Thank GOD he didn't shoot me with a .45ACP!" What a Face

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Post  Bull_127 on Mon Jun 29, 2009 9:21 am

Mike if you like the regular XD, you should try the tactical 5"...now those are accurate and much more fun in my opinion.

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Post  OldGuy on Mon Jun 29, 2009 2:15 pm

Bull_127 wrote:Mike if you like the regular XD, you should try the tactical 5"...now those are accurate and much more fun in my opinion.


I have the feeling I could very well end up with one of those in .45acp eventually. naturally AFTER I got his XD I started reading up on them Rolling Eyes and it seems like a bunch of folks are seeing the XD line as an acceptable (NOT BETTER!) replacement for the venerable 1911.

In a few years - like 10 - I may begin to personally wonder about whether that is true or not. Until then, my 1911 stays where I can touch it, the XD says where I can get to it if I need to.

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